Reconnect with those who know your work. COBRA, benefits, more.
If you are in the process of leaving or being laid off, use our ASAP Checklist immediately – before you lose access to HPInc or Hewlett Packard Enterprise internal systems. Advice from alumni on the many things you need to do as soon as you know you are leaving or being laid off – and in the following few weeks.
Helping each other with life after HP:
▪ Reconnect with those who know you and your work.
▪ Discuss U.S. HP/HPInc/HPE COBRA and retiree health benefits, including Annual Enrollment and transition to Medicare.
▪ U.S. job openings from employers recruiting ex-HPers.
▪ Discuss personal finance Topics -- such as Social Security, pensions, and stock -- from an ex-HP/HPInc/HPE perspective.
▪ Post technical questions to a knowledgeable, friendly community of engineers.
▪ Discover local and online groups – business units and divisions, acquisitions, spinoffs, and more.
You are eligible to join if you were formerly a regular, direct employee of Hewlett-Packard, HPInc, or Hewlett Packard Enterprise -- or are in the process of leaving.
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Classification as "retired." If an employee left at 55 or older with at least 10 years of service -- or left after 2010 with age-plus-years-of-service of at least 80 -- HPInc and HPE generally classify the employee as "retired" -- regardless of how they left and whether or not they have any retiree benefits. This is reported to the company's employment verification service, but doesn't seem to have any negative consequences. Inquiries from state Unemployment claims examiners go to a specific group in HR, which replies via letter. Over the years, members have reported that HP did not block their UI claims.
If you are classified by HP as a Retiree, please go to our Retiree Checklist.
Not always obvious: Which HP-related companies am I a retiree or former employee of? Given HP's complex history of acquisitions, divestitures, and spinoffs, the company or companies that you are legally a former employee of may not be obvious. If any doubt, check here: Which Company
1. There is useful information for all former employees on the official HP retiree website -- including benefits, discounts, contacts, and change of address.
2. Time to untangle your stock! No one but you really cares about your HP-employment-related stock. You may have stock in up to seven HP-related companies. You may find stray accounts -- or need to retrieve lost stock or dividends. With each spinoff, your cost basis changed. Your heirs won't need to know your cost basis, but will need to find all the shares An HP Alumni team developed a step-by-step process to find and protect your stock. Go to Employee Stock
3. If you are still in the workforce, join the HPAA's networking and job-post groups on LinkedIn.
4. There is probably an informal online group for each organization you have worked in – including HP acquisitions and spinoffs. Directory of professional and social groups for HP alumni and current employees. For example, there are large groups for EDS and Compaq alumni. And there are many local clubs.
5. Advice and info on returning to HP, HPE, DXC, or Micro Focus -- including informal and formal restrictions.
6. Update and strengthen your LinkedIn profile. Recruiters use LinkedIn to find candidates. You can use LinkedIn to reconnect with former co-workers who know you and your work. Many HPAA members report that LinkedIn helped them find a new job. Use HPAA's LinkedIn Tips and Traps
(If you are in the process of leaving or being laid off or have recently left, use our "ASAP Checklist" for advice and mutual help – developed by HPAA members – on the many things you have to do before you lose access to HPInc or HPE internal systems and in the following few weeks.)
Contact information for former employees -- including official worldwide "HR Support Country Selectors" and unofficial advice:
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